Democracy only works when open discourse is embraced. Schools must encourage discourse, and, even argument for the purpose of creating a foundation for democracy, and, in turn, some degree of liberty.
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November 15, 2012
There simply is no way to know when and how the democratic forces will rise up, as they did here in Chi-town, and say, "Enough of that! We've got a different plan."
November 13, 2012
I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.
November 08, 2012
When disaster strikes (like Sandy) we don't expect the police to volunteer their time, nor the firemen, nor doctors and nurses—although no doubt many do go above and beyond their obligations. But we do expect teachers to make up for the impact of poverty and austerity politics on schoolchildren.
November 06, 2012
for harm averted. But to be fair, it's more than that. In addition to preventing even more severe cuts to education, the administration has helped millions of college students by keeping interest payments for loans down and tripling the number of people who can participate in AmeriCorps service programs.
November 01, 2012
I am very concerned by the privatization tendency in all areas of life, and my colleagues at the International Education meeting in Brussels were worrying along the same lines. With austerity driving ever-increasing chasms between the rich and everyone else, I don't see what will stop it.
October 25, 2012
It echoed what I was hearing over there: the way the "austerity movement" has crippled education, above all in the so-called "developing" nations. Not to mention crippling, literally, the health and welfare of the world's children.
October 16, 2012
The Obama administration is our ally, not our enemy. We must work with them to show that a better approach to improving our schools is possible.